An overly full week is winding down. Stress seems to be intent on becoming the center of our lives… and I pondered in my morning meditations if my fighting against the stress was causing more stress than acknowledging the stress and moving on around it. (I am pretty sure I just answered my question… but still, the struggle is real.)
This week, Mary helped me with the word I have been feeling about COVID numbers…. Fraught. All.the.fraught.feels. I confess I am struggling to muster any empathy for those who are causing the “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated” and I overheard my neighbors pride in not being “Fauci Sheep” – they are maskless and proud of their unvaccinated status. They are not alone on their stupidity… my county is now in the “substantial zone”. I hope I am preaching to the choir here, but if you are not vaccinated – please, please, please! Speak to your family physician and ask them to vaccinate you (or explain what the vaccine is, what it does, and – most importantly – what it won’t do!)
Despite the Stress Battle and Fraught Feels, I did manage to carve out some time for a few good things this week…
My woefully sad patio pots have started to show some improvements. I would say that we must have gotten some bad dirt, but my herbs are going like gang busters and they are in the same dirt… so I am not sure what’s up with the pots this summer. But, at least there has been some growth!
My freezer has a 7 “basil bombs” tucked away for a summery reminder in a wintery meal! I also am hoping that I will be able to harvest one more cup of leaves before summers end to steep in some vodka!
I have been wearing my new sweater and I am LOVING the versatility of it. It is perfect over a pair of wide-legged pants and is also works well over a tunic and leggings. I have made a notation in my April ’22 calendar to cast one on for next summer! (That was my huge AHA moment this week… making notes for my future self on projects I want to make, but not right this instant!) I had been toying with the idea of swatching for another sweater with Tides… however I am not getting gauge, but perhaps that is a good thing. I have some sleeves to finish and it will be so lovely to have not one, but two new Lopapeysa’s in my wardrobe later this year!
I had been struggling with my “Summer of Pastels” and I hit a wall in my creativity… I was stuck. Really stuck… I looked at this every day last week… and added nothing. But this week I took a deep breath, picked up a piece of chalk and began again. Sometimes only for a minute or two, but those minutes helped get over the hurdle. Is it perfect? Nope. But I was reminded of something important… quitting does not ever help. I feel back on track this morning and I am eager to start a new piece! (you can see the image I used for inspiration here)
The final good things that occurred this week were inspired by Dr. Kendi’s podcast. I listened to two episodes this week that have given me some new things to think about. (My inspiration this week… Repairing the Past and Prison and Police Abolition)
And that is all I have for this week! I hope your weekend is full of good things and I will see you back here next week!
My feelings re: increasing covid numbers are much the same. I think I blame the unvaccinated for much of it, but blame doesn’t help solve the situation. I’m not sure I see a way out of this because viruses are always evolving, so I hope the next prevalent variant isn’t worse. I want a booster shot!
But onto happier things – I love your coleus, your pastel, and I’m also envious of your crock in the first picture!
I feel some hope that the unvaccinated people who were on the fence are starting to get vaccinated. And your image reminds me of Kirkjufellsfoss, the spot in Iceland where Hannah is getting married.
I was feeling less nervous about unvaccinated people until the Delta variant popped up. Now it’s a direct threat to me, even though I am vaccinated, and my unvaccinated child. And I am mad. I really don’t understand the people who won’t do something so simple to protect themselves and their loved ones, not to mention complete strangers, and I’m even more mystified by the people who want kids to go back to school in person without masks. How many people need to get sick and die before they will get it? Argh. So frustrating.
On a happier note, your plants are making me smile, as is the idea of the taste of fresh basil in the middle of winter. We don’t have any basil this year, but I think it’s time to make use of the mint that keeps coming back.
Love the artwork-and I make notes for future projects too. So helpful and sometimes a surprise,
Yes, I can feel the anxiety about Covid creeping back into my life. The anti-vaccine crowd makes me crazy. We wear masks when running errands but not many do in our community. This really makes me angry because it is such a simple precaution to take.
At any rate, your pots look lovely. Mine look quite sad. I am glad you are enjoying your new sweater. I hope the weekend treated you well.
Good things, Kat. Those are all good things. Don’t let them steal the thunder of the . . . fraught things. (And I struggle to find empathy. . . )
beautiful art! I am truly fraught with the covid stuff – what a bummer to say the least. I am trying to get back to my groove since moving but my groove is a bumpy ride!!